With warmer weather come many unwanted bugs and insects. The most annoying as well as dangerous of those pesky insects are mosquitoes. Not only are the itchy bites enough to drive you mad, they can infect their hosts with life-threatening diseases. Find the mosquito control that best fits your needs and budget to keep you and your family free of mosquitoes.
Mosquito Repellant Spray on People
The most common form of mosquito control is spray repellent that we spray over our clothes. This spray uses a mix of ingredients to repel the insects. The most active and important ingredient is DEET. DEET is used in most insect repellent and works by overwhelming the insects’ odor receptors which keep them from detecting people. Some repellant sprays claim to ward off insects for the whole day. This is the cheapest mosquito control option.
Citronella candles work in much the same way repellant spray does. Citronella repels mosquitoes by disguising the scents that attract them. Be aware of the candle you are purchasing as some are sold with a citronella scent as opposed to containing the actual oil. The scent is not what repels the insects. Burn the candles in the area you wish to repel them. This mosquito control option is similar to the repellant spray in price.
Nothing is more natural than employing plants to repel mosquitoes.If you aren’t a fan of spraying chemicals, try to seek out plants such as lavender, thyme, garlic, rosemary and others. Not only do these plants keep mosquitoes away, some of them also have their own unique properties that allow them to be used for other purposes.
Mosquito Repellant in Irrigation Systems
Mosquito repellant can be added to your home irrigation system to rid your yard of insects. There are repellants made specifically to be added to home sprinkler systems that contain no harmful chemicals. This option is simple and leaves the work to your sprinklers. The repellents are made of many natural ingredients and aren’t harmful to people, plants or animals. This repellent can usually be found for under $60.
Barrier spray is used to kill mosquitoes and repel them from reentering the area. Most mosquito barrier spray is made of mostly garlic and isn’t harmful to people, animals, plants, or other insects. It will, however, ward off gnats, fleas, and ticks. Most barrier sprays can be purchased for under $100 and stay good for up to two years if stored correctly.
Carbon Dioxide Traps
One of the ways mosquitoes find human hosts is by detecting the carbon dioxide we emit when we breathe. Carbon Dioxide traps work by emulating the scent and site of people to trick the insects into the trap. These traps run between $300 and $800.
Mosquito Mist System
Mosquito misting systems are used outdoors to kill insects. Nozzles are mounted on the perimeter of the house and lawn connected by piping that allows a pesticide to pass through. This can be controlled either via remote, switch, or preset times. Long-term exposure to the pesticide could be harmful to humans, however, the chemicals last a very short time period, therefore posing minimal risk to people and pets. This method is largely the most effective mosquito control option. These systems can be installed for around $2,000.
It is very important to be informed and knowledgeable about the different mosquito control options available in order to make the best decision for your yard. It is also important to know that while some options are more expensive in price, the effectiveness of those options is far greater than the less expensive options.
This article was written by Katie Mills from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.